reenwich Village just welcomed its ﬁrst “iekei” style ramen spot this May – aptly named E.A.K. Ramen. This style, which originated in Yokohama, is known for its rich pork and soy sauce soup base and thick noodles. E.A.K. is serving up deliciously bold and innovative items, with every bite delivering powerful ﬂavor and umami.
The origin of E.A.K. Ramen is Machida Shouten, a popular “iekei” ramen chain that opened in 2008 and has 400 stores globally.
Homemade Ginger Gyoza is served in unique “hane-tsuki” style. Their E.A.K. Fried Rice and Karaage are also popular.
469 6th Ave., (bet. 11th & 12th Sts.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 646-863-2027 | www.eakramen.com
Mon-Thu & Sun: 11:30 am-3 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30 am-3 pm, 5:30 pm-1 am
Serving Hakata style tonkotsu ramen, Hide-Chan Ramen has been a popular destination for New Yorkers for years. Its second location, opened earlier this year, offers the same ramen in a more bustling “matsuri (festival)” atmosphere and with more original, creative dishes. Recommended this winter are two teishoku (a full meal on one plate) style dishes: Chicken Nanban Entrée (fried chicken topped with spe-cial honey and yuzu savory sauce and tar-tare sauce) and Gyoza Entrée (10 gyoza dump-lings). Both come with salad and reﬁ llable rice and soup. If you prefer healthier options, go for Racabe (shredded cabbage in tonkotsu soup) or Pirikara Kyuri (spicy cucumber). This ramen pub is perfect for the upcoming party season. Until Dec. 31, mention Chopsticks NY to receive a free Mini Ramen (Reg. $8)
Gyoza Entrée comes with 10 pieces of gyoza dumplings, salad, rice and soup. You can add Mini Ramen (Reg. $8) for $5.
Enjoy dining with your friends and family in a vibrant “matsuri” atmosphere.
Hide-Chan Ramen Hell’s Kitchen
314 W. 53rd St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)
TEL: 212-969-0066 | www.hidechanramen.nyc
Mon-Sat: 12 pm–2:30 pm, 5:30–10 pm, Sun: 12 pm–9 pm
IPPUDO 5TH AVENUE exclusively offers three Kasane-aji ramens that feature a special broth, blending tonkotsu and chicken soup to create a creamy, rich ﬂ avor. For the cold season, Akamaru Kasane is recommended for its full-bodied ﬂavor (coming from special aroma oil and “umami-dama” miso paste). Pair it with a high ball made with Sun-tory’s Toki whisky to complete your meal.
Vegetarian Miso Ramen(top) features hearty red miso broth with vegetable kakiage tempura stop. Also available for take-out are Beef Bowl and Curry made with ramen broth (left).
The interior of the restaurant is bright, natural-chic and welcoming.
IPPUDO 5TH AVENUE
24 W. 46th St., (bet. 5th and 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10036
TEL: 212-354-1111 | www.ippudony.com
Mon-Fri: 11 am-3:30 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm, Sat & Sun: 12 pm-10 pm
Opened in August, Pokerice is a great spot in the West Village specializing in Hawaiian poke. What makes their food stand out from other quick-serve restaurants is their selection of high quality, fresh seafood. No frozen ﬁ sh is used, so you can always enjoy top quality seafood. Their poke is normally served over rice, but healthy options like zucchini noodles are also available.
Additional toppings are unlimited. During the winter miso soup is free and poached egg is available for $1.
Pick your favorite poke base from the options of white rice, brown rice, zucchini noodles, salad or burrito.
162 W. 4th St., (bet. W 4th & Cornelia Sts.), New York, NY 10014
TEL: 212-300-4567 | www.pokericenyc.com
Mon-Sun: 11 am-11 pm
Featuring fresh ingredients of the season, Chef’s Tasting is a 9-course kaiseki meal ($180) to be enjoyed using all 5 senses, and aims to satisfy the taste buds of both Japanese and non-Japanese diners. A particular standout is Matsutake and Shrimp Ball Steamed in Clay Pot. Also “matsutake rice” and “wagashi” are only offered with this course. The course menu changes monthly.
To make kaiseki more accessible, SUZUKI offers kaiseki course meals at reasonable prices ($75, $80 [Sho-jin], $130). Most of the ﬁ sh is directly imported from Tsukiji.
A Michelin starred SATSUKI, with its master sushi chefs, and the luxurious bar / lounge THREE PIL-LARS are also inside SUZUKI.
114 W. 47th St., (6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10036
TEL: 212-278-0010 | www.suzukinyc.com
Mon-Fri: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm, Sat: 5:30-10:30 PM